HUBBALLI: Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation officers conducted a surprise raid on the shops and bakeries in the city and seized about 70 kg of polythene bags.
The officers took the strict measure as its attempt at reducing the use of plastic has not yielded expected results. People continue to use polythene bags, regardless of the negative impact on the environment. Also, this has affected the solid waste management work by the authorities as the plastic gets mixed with other waste.
The HDMC officers have fined the shop owners Rs 65,500 and issued them a notice regarding use of polythene bags.